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Holiday Double Feature: Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League

Holidays and breaks are the perfect time to sit down to a double-feature. Way back when, double-features were purposely paired, and I like to try and keep that tradition on the rare occasions I have… [more]

Sequart Releases A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Sequart is proud to announce the publication of A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe, edited by Rich Handley and Joseph F. Berenato. Almost as soon as there were Star Wars films, there were Star… [more]

Free Sequart Book, Today Only, on Kickstarter

To encourage pledges to the new Kickstarter for Lazarus, the Forever Man #1, we’re offering an incentive: a free PDF of our book analyzing Jack Kirby’s bizarre comics continuation of 2001: A Space Odyssey! The book is 90… [more]

Shaolin Cowboy: Who’ll Stop the Reign?

Writer and Artist: Geof Darrow, Colors: Dave Stwart, Publisher: Dark Horse Originally published via the still-up-in-the-air Burlyman Entertainment (the website is still functional and offers all the glories of the internet circa 2006), a publishing… [more]

Alack Sinner: The Age of innocence

Writer: Carlos Sampayo, Artist: Jose Munoz, Publisher: Euro Comics / IDW “When it comes to stories Alack Sinner heard his share. He had spent his life listening to others… that’s what he was paid for.”… [more]

She Makes Comics Now Available to Stream from Netflix

Sequart Organization and Respect Films are proud to announce that She Makes Comics is now available to stream from Netflix. Directed by Marisa Stotter, She Makes Comics traces the fascinating history of women in the comics industry.… [more]

Moving Target: The History and Evolution of Green Arrow in Current Previews Catalog

If you like to make your hard-copy purchases through your Local Comics Shop, and you want Moving Target: The History and Evolution of Green Arrow by Richard Gray, we are pleased to announce that the book… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 3

The Mighty Thor #264: In this issues, Loki sits on the throne because Balder, though left in charge of Asgard, departed to visit Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. The throne was left empty. Now that… [more]

Smorgasbord #73: Who They are, and How They Came to Be

Pick up your Secret Origins and your Years Zero as Shawn and Tom go on a flashback month to discuss their various entry points into the wonderful world of comics and how these points shaped… [more]

Professors Joanna Page and Edward King Discuss the Book Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America

Though the academic study of comic books and graphic novels is exploding in popularity, a growing concern is that so much of this research centers on content from North America, Western Europe, and Japan. With… [more]

Dark Days, Dark Nights and Taking DC Continuity to the Nth Degree

Thirty-two years ago DC attempted to bring order to their continuity through the process of subtraction. Thus was born Crisis On Infinite Earths. Ever since then, however, DC has constantly attempted to bring back the… [more]

Do You Want to Know My Secret Identity: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

I haven’t had the opportunity to see any advanced screenings of Professor Marston & the Wonder Women yet and, as such, I only have the majority of positive advance reviews to go on. Nevertheless, the… [more]

Back to the Past with Samurai Jack, Part 2

In Part I of “Back to the Past: Samurai Jack,” I began to look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s final season of his series in terms of its strengths and weaknesses with regards to its overall physical… [more]

Netflix’s The Defenders and the Comics that Inspired Them

The Defenders was the first comic book I ever read. To be precise, my Dad had to read it to me because I was so young. That makes the memory even more special. As I… [more]

Smorgasbord #72: H.R. Giger’s Human Resources Department

Tom and Shawn play a game of “What If?” and peer into an alternate dimension where we run Marvel Comics. How would the Star Wars line grow? What could we do to fix the trade… [more]

Back to the Past: Samurai Jack

So, this past while I’ve been ruminating over Samurai Jack. Originally, I focused on Aku and how ridiculous he is as a villain. However, like I said in my first article on the subject Aku… [more]

Awkward Encounters of the Conventional Kind: Nashville Comic Con Notebook

Conventions always have their ups and downs, but I felt like I had bungled every part of this one, and it was still only Friday night. [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 2

The Mighty Thor #263: The story: all the Asgardians (Thor, Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), with the Recorder, battle against the Odin-force body, created and controlled by the alien within the spirit mold. All fail,… [more]

Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 13 – “The Galileo Seven”

Star Trek is not Game of Thrones. No matter how much peril the main characters are placed in, we know that they’ll be out of it and safe by the end of the hour. That… [more]

Len Wein, 1948–2017

For those of us of a certain age, who grew up on comic books in the 1970s and 1980s, it seems like we’re losing far too many of the great creators who helped shaped our… [more]

Star Trek Re-Watch, Episode 12 – “The Conscience of the King”

Star Trek: The Original Series often referenced Shakespeare, both in its themes and in its style. This is only to be expected, as elevated themes of tragedy and highly stylized stories of great people pulling… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

The Mighty Thor #262: My favorite Marvel character in August 1978 was The Mighty Thor. What follows is an examination of every issue of his Marvel comic book, from August 1977 to July 1978, issues… [more]

Manifest Destiny #s 25-30: Into the Fog

[Editor’s note: Sorry that I have fallen behind recently with my coverage of Manifest Destiny. But since the 5th trade paperback is released this week, it seems the perfect time to catch up. For those… [more]

Remembering and Celebrating Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut

By wide consensus, the first two Superman films from 1978 and 1980 are considered if not the strongest, at least among the strongest superhero films ever made. Especially the first of the two, directed by… [more]

The Early Superman

Though I was never a regular reader of Superman comics, his presence was felt. In the Justice League comics and on cartoon shows of the era, Superman was always featured, his powers looming large over… [more]